Solzhenitsyn: A Biography
This book, first published in 1984, was the first full biography of Solzhenitsyn. Starting with his childhood, it covers every period of his life in considerable detail, showing how Solzhenitsyn’s development paralleled and mirrored the development of Soviet society: ambitious and idealistic in the twenties and thirties, preoccupied with the struggle for survival in the forties, hopeful in the fifties and sixties and disillusioned in the seventies. Solzhenitsyn’s life thus serves as a paradigm for the history of twentieth-century Communism and for the intelligentsia’s attitudes to Communism. At the same time, this book relates Solzhenitsyn’s life to his works, all of which contain a large element of autobiography.
Translated by Michael Glenny, copyright 1972, Bodley Head. Cancer Ward. Translated by Nicholas Bethell and David Burg, copyright 1969, Bodley Head. The First Circle. Translated by Thomas Whitney, copyright 1968, Wm Collins.
The truth of the matter was that Zhenia had fallen head over heels in love with Fedorovsky, become pregnant by him, and married him in a cloud of disapproval from her imperious mother, who deplored not only the indecent circumstances of ...
HE COLLISION BETWEEN the two worlds of family and society came to head for a Solzhenitsyn when he was between the ages of eleven and fourteen, coinciding with his puberty. He was at that stage when the bonds of childhood and his ties to ...
... which included recurrent harassment and repeated questioning by the Soviet authorities, he remained an imposing figure of a man, and had clung defiantly to the old customs and manner of dress. With his shaven head, big purple nose, ...
Soon afterwards Solzhenitsyn's childhood friend Misha was involved in a skating accident, in which he fell and banged his head. He contracted meningitis and within a short time was also dead. A pall of grief settled over the household.
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25 THE CREST OF THE WAVE
26 FIRST DOUBTS
27 LENIN PRIZE CANDIDATE
28 NOT ANOTHER PASTERNAK
29 ENTER THE
30 THE TURNING
31 A PERIOD OF ADJUSTMENT
32 THE BEST FORM OF DEFENCE
8 AN ENEMY OF THE TOILING MASSES
9 TWO ARE AN ORGANIZATION
10 FIRST STEPS IN THE ARCHIPELAGO
11 TO THE NEW JERUSALEM
12 LIFE AMONG THE TRUSTIES
14 IN THE FIRST CIRCLE
15 THE PARTING OF THE WAYS
16 NOT QUITE SIBERIA
17 A SON OF GULAG
18 EXILED IN PERPETUITY
19 CANCER WARD
20 MATRYONAS PLACE
21 THE SCHOOLMASTER FROM RYAZAN
22 ON THE THRESHOLD
24 A TRUE HELPER OF THE PARTY
33 LETTER TO THE WRITERS CONGRESS
34 PLAYING THE WESTERN CARD
35 PORTRAIT OF THE ARTIST AT FIFTY
36 EXPULSION FROM THE WRITERS UNION
37 THE TAMING OF NOW MIR 38 THE NOBEL PRIZE
39 THE START OF A VAST ENTERPRISE
40 DEATH OF A POET
41 WHOSE LIFE IS IT ANYWAY
43 COMING INTO THE OPEN
44 THE GULAG ARCHIPELAGO
46 FIRST MONTHS IN THE WEST
47 TAKING POSITIONS
49 ON THE MOVE